Friday, December 31, 2010

2010


I guess I was busy in 2010.  Its funny how I can’t quite remember doing much all year….but when I stick it all in a collage and have to leave 20 or so pictures out…I feel like I need a nap and a Dr. Pepper.   Here’s to a maybe not-so-busy 2011!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Fun Stuff bags

Boys love trinkets.  My son calls his trinkets his "fun stuff".  So I made him some "fun stuff" bags….because his "fun stuff" is all over the floor.

I used the instructions from this book:

It was the easiest method of making these lined bags that I’ve ever seen…but there are also good and similar tutorials for them here, or here, or here.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Dresdens

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I love dresden plates.  Miniature dresden plates?  Even better.  I think these measure about 6 1/2” across.  Last year I made these Christmas pillows using dresden plates that I meant to make more of this year.  Guess it will have to wait seeing as how Christmas is 3 days away!!!

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Finished: Fall Tumbler Quilt


This one was REALLY hard for me to make myself finish once the Christmas decorations were out.   I did some super simple quilting along every other tumbler, and with a soft flannel back it gives it the weight and feel of a tied quilt.  I really like the feel of minimal quilting best for a "couch quilt".

I’ve had a few questions about quilting with a flannel back, but I’ve really found very little difference between quilting with flannel or a cotton back.  The main difference is the quilt is a little thicker so using a walking foot is a MUST.  Also I do a little extra basting or use a basting spray to make up for the extra weight and tendency of the quilt to shift around while quilting.  Oh and the quilt will be cozier, warmer, and your family is more likely to use it… a major plus.

I used the 6 1/2" Accuquilt tumbler die to make this quilt.  


Friday, December 10, 2010

Stocking Tutorial




Ok so this took me 2 days of staring at a stocking to figure out. My mind just doesn’t work in the turn it inside out then right side in then right side out and do the hokey pokey kind of way. So here’s a quickie tutorial mainly for my own sake so I remember how.  This tutorial is only for how to finish the stocking...not make the quilted front and the pattern for the actual stocking.  To get the stocking shape, I traced a store bought stocking from Target.  ;)  

Start with:

- the outside of the stocking, already sewn together with the back and turned right side out. (the front of my stocking is quilted with batting, the back has no batting)
- the lining of the stocking sewn together ( leave a 3” hole in the side for turning!) right sides in.
- fabric for the cuff
- a sewn tab of fabric for hanging tab



To figure out how wide to cut your cuff fabric….measure the width of the top of your stocking, double that number and add .5 inch for the seam allowance. For the length of the cuff I cut my fabric 9”…to give me a 4.25” finished folded cuff. So this piece was 9” x 16.5”



Sew together the 9” ends of the cuff piece, use a 1/4” seam allowance.



Turn the cuff right side out so its folded at the bottom and raw edges are at the top. It should make a tube you can stick the stocking in.



Stick the cuff on and around the top of the stocking, match the raw edges and pin. You can pin the tab onto the side now also.



Stick the whole thing into the lining. The stocking and lining should be right sides together.



Pin all of the raw edges together at the top (lining, 2 cuff edges, and stocking edges).



Sew all the way around the top. Make sure you catch all the layers (lining, cuff edges, stocking).



Turn the whole thing right side out using the hole left in the side of the lining.



Finish turning it inside out and sew up the hole in the side of the lining. Stuff the lining inside the stocking and fold the cuff down. Press the edges as needed.



When you’re done you’ll have a nicely lined cuff and stocking with no raw seams showing.



If you want to make these little double hourglass blocks I used my tutorial but changed the sizing of the template and the strips shown below:




Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Stockings



I had a Target bag full of  purchased stockings sitting on my counter when I decided to make my own.    So…the Target stockings were returned (after I traced one for a pattern!) and I made my own.  



  I’ll share a tutorial for how I did the cuff part in the next couple of days….only because I know by the time I have another baby to make a stocking for, I’m not going to remember how in the heck I made these ones. 

  



I like that they are matchy without being matchy-matchy (that makes sense when I say it out loud).   So when more kiddos come along I won’t have to worry about getting the exact same stockings, and I’ll be able to whip one up with the same color palette instead. 




Friday, December 3, 2010

Finished: Sherbet Pips


I pretty much already showed you this…but here’s some outdoor real life pictures.  This quilt matches the snow outside…especially that scarf print.

Its backed with one of my favorite aqua Target sheets and bound with a red Bliss print. 

This pattern is  available in my shop.  It is made with a layer cake and has the finished look of a disappearing 9 patch, but it is even easier…promise.   This pattern is perfect for the large print fabrics you don’t want to cut up into little bits.